Tesco appeal result - response from ex-councillor Liz Tirard

PUBLISHED: 12:29 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:51 15 June 2010

What an excellent result for the town! We have attained the Premier Division in taking on opponents with an inflated idea of their invincibility!

What an excellent result for the town! We have attained the Premier Division in taking on opponents with an inflated idea of their invincibility!Having been involved with former Town Council colleagues on the preparation of HTC's submissions and also attending most of the sessions, may I pay tribute in particular to Cllr Roy Coombs whose thorough and careful approach to Tesco's arguments obviously has borne fruit. He raised concerns missed by EDDC and which are referred to within the Inspector's report and findings.I wonder how many own goals Tesco scored with a complacent view of always being right and knowing what would be best for our town.I believe this shows without any doubt that Honiton's Town Council works assiduously for the benefit of the residents, whether council tax payers or not, that views, opinions and worries are listened to and addressed and that the Council can, and does, make a difference. To those who query the use and value of Cllrs, the dismissal of Tesco's appeal answers that criticism. Without the initial work carried out by HTC, within planning guidelines, on assessing the original Planning applications by this retail giant, EDDC would have had very little appreciation of the depth of feeling and anxiety within the town and their decision could well have been different. So, all the many "training sessions" and "locker room conferences" yielded a decisive win, Honiton Town 1 -Tesco PLC Nil!


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